Scotland swept me off my feet like a prince does a princess. The medieval castles, deep lochs, mystical highlands—it’s everything a road trip should be. My family and I took a tour around Loch Lomond, to the Trossachs, and it was the beginning of a weeklong Scottish love affair.
I watched Mamma Mia in London’s West End the first month I was studying abroad in London, and there was a line from ABBA’s “Super Trouper” I couldn’t shake off. Donna, the mother, sings about calling one of her lovers from Glasgow. The song was catchy, but all I could think about was how I had never been to Glasgow and how I was in England which wasn’t too far from Scotland and because Scotland was in the U.K. I could actually potentially visit Glasgow because I had the visa for it.
Needless to say, I visited Glasgow.
I never went on any college tours before I applied to schools in the U.S., nor am I a big fan of the tours they run at Northwestern (the dynamics of the Overly Rehearsed Tour Guide, Overly Eager Parent and Overly Uncomfortable Kid just make me, well, uncomfortable). But touring Cambridge felt different.
2016 was a year of travel for me. I visited New York for my birthday, Australia over the summer, and spent the last three months
traveling around the U.K. studying abroad in London. I started this blog, figured out how to take photos, and went on my first solo trip ever. I’m so grateful for all that I’ve seen, and all that I’ve yet to see.
Here are my top 10 photos from 2016.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, Stonehenge is a prehistoric stone circle a two-hour drive away from London and has been on my bucketlist since my family was supposed to visit England a few years ago.
Although if you break it down Stonehenge is really just a big bunch of rocks, they really are a bizarre sight when you consider the rocks are in a field in the middle of nowhere. Looking at them will make you wonder how people from the medieval days stacked these rocks, weighing four tons each, on top of one another without any sort of technological contraption.
The complex maze of streets. The cafes and bakeries and quirky stores in the complex maze of streets. Indian food. Fabrique cardamom buns. Weekend markets. My flat’s proximity to the Southbank weekend markets. Christmas markets. Churros and waffles. Pret a Manger ham and cheese toasties. Itsu dinners. The abundance of museums. The abundance of free museums. The public toilets in the free museums. Not being a tourist in a city full of tourists. Navigating through the crowds without Google Maps. The walking culture. The tube. Big Ben at night.